The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 9,787
    - 3,850

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 8,387
    - 3,528


    Quarterback

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  3. 3
    + 8,127
    - 3,101


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,929
    - 2,636


    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 5,912
    - 2,758


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 5,305
    - 2,689


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 6,430
    - 4,666

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  8. 8
    + 4,489
    - 2,063


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  9. 9
    + 5,331
    - 2,182

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  10. 10
    + 6,981
    - 4,771

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  11. 11
    + 4,309
    - 2,460


    Quarterback

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  12. 12
    + 4,457
    - 2,036


    Running back

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  13. 13
    + 4,369
    - 2,125


    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 4,506
    - 2,322


    Linebacker

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  15. 15
    + 4,209
    - 2,025


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,878
    - 1,736


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 4,194
    - 1,091

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,366
    - 1,673


    Linebacker, Center

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  19. 19
    + 3,400
    - 1,343

    ranked low on reranks

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  20. 20
    + 3,249
    - 1,383


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  21. 21
    + 2,945
    - 1,776

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 3,342
    - 1,540


    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,454
    - 1,280


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 3,228
    - 1,245

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,565
    - 1,179


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,439
    - 1,011


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,885
    - 1,533


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,308
    - 1,472


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 1,899
    - 1,126


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  30. 30
    + 2,339
    - 1,350


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 1,994
    - 1,178


    Linebacker

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  32. 32
    + 1,947
    - 979


    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 1,684
    - 634

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  34. 34
    + 1,852
    - 1,061

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  35. 35
    + 1,652
    - 645

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  36. 36
    + 1,690
    - 549

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  37. 37
    + 2,337
    - 1,214


    Quarterback

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  38. 38
    + 1,976
    - 1,044


    Running back

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  39. 39
    + 2,029
    - 1,113


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 1,758
    - 873


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  41. 41
    + 1,599
    - 992


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  42. 42
    + 1,622
    - 903


    Free Safety

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  43. 43
    + 1,752
    - 1,096


    Running back, Return specialist

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  44. 44
    + 1,603
    - 692

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  45. 45
    + 1,948
    - 1,226


    Quarterback

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  46. 46
    + 1,170
    - 427

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  47. 47
    + 1,754
    - 1,215

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  48. 48
    + 2,050
    - 1,083


    Quarterback

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  49. 49
    + 1,335
    - 631


    Defensive end

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  50. 50
    + 1,325
    - 903


    Cornerback

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